Congratulations to the winners of our 2017 Aurora Poetry and Short Fiction competition.

The winning poems and short stories
 selected by judges Penelope Shuttle and Jacob Ross are:

Poetry

1st Prize: Valli Takes a Bath by MAB JONES

2nd Prize: Croissant by PETER WALLIS

3rd Prize: Grains by A.F. PATERSON

Stonewood Press Prize for Regional Writing: Fallopian Tubes on a Scan by CAROLINE STANCER

Highly Commended    

Sphagnum Moss by KERRY DARBISHIRE

A Place Called Solomon by LIZ LEFROY

Ravens at the Tower by JAN NORTON

The drum and the settlement by CAROLINE GILFILLAN

Commended

Forecaster by CAROLINE PRICE

One of a Kind by PANYA BANJOKO

Bubble casting in the Kingdom of the Bears by CHARLOTTE BALDWIN

Something Like Dawn by ROBERTA DEWA

The Songbird by MARIA TAYLOR

Mote by MR PEACOCK

Short Fiction

1st Prize: Breathing Exercises by CAROLINE PRICE

2nd Prize: All the Young Dudes by GLENDA YOUNG

3rd Prize: Lust for Life by D.R.D BRUTON

Stonewood Press Prize for Regional Writing: Hope, Endings and Salvation by JUDITH COOPER

Highly Commended                 

Selling Up by KAREN WINYARD

A Brief Meditation of Fear and the Cockroach by C. HART

Pilgrimage by ALEX REECE ABBOTT

Commended

Sidhe Wood by LYNDA CLARKE

Loving Icarus by ALEX REECE ABBOTT

Rooting by C.S. MEE

 

MENTIONS

SHORT FICTION:

Daisy Banks by SHEILA BLACKBURN

Mirror, Mirror by ROB BRAY

Suicide Vending Machine by THOMAS WELSH

The Tent Of Wonders by DAVID C. WILLIAMS

Lucky by CAROLINE GILFILLAN

Bouillabaisse by DAVID BUTLER

POETRY:

Palette by PETER BROOME

Mr Moby’s Plea by MAMIE WILKINSON

My Damn Awake by ASTRA BLOOM MACKAY

Cyclops by VIKKI MORLEY

Clutter by PAT BORTHWICK

Wallet by PETER WALLIS

Her Kitchen by BARBARA CATHCART

The Pail by LUCY CRISPIN

Waking by JUDY O’KANE

Off Site Christmas Party by IAN DUDLEY

The Elephant by ROY MARSHALL

My Stepdad Drive Me Home Following His Second Round of Chemotherapy by JAKE REYNOLDS

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide by Claire Williamson

No access by Margaret Wilmot

Bear by Pat Borthwick

Grasscutter, Framlingham Castle by Caroline Price

You can read all the winning and commended poems and stories in our online anthology, Cut the Clouds, HERE. Format is PDF.